There are several features that make Dropbox an excellent alternative to using email for sharing pictures and videos with others. In this training video, Keith Gilbert shows you how to use the gallery view, how to navigate between photos, and how to use the Photos view on dropbox.com to share albums.
- Dropbox has several features that make it an excellent platform for sharing photos and videos with others. Let's take a closer look. I've got a folder in my Dropbox folder here, called "Corporate Images". And I've organized a whole bunch of photos and videos here into several sub-folders and sub-sub-folders. I'm going to right-click on Corporate Images and choose "Share Dropbox Link". We learned about sharing folders via a link in an earlier movie. I can share this link via email, a website, or social sharing with as many recipients as I'd like.
I'm going to share it with Jennifer via email. In my Gmail inbox, I've composed an email to Jennifer here, and I'm going to paste this link in, send that off, and then we'll look at Jennifer's inbox. So, in Jennifer's inbox, the email has arrived. I'm going to open that up. And here's the link for Jennifer to click on. When Jennifer clicks on the link, it brings her to a web page. Now, Jennifer isn't a Dropbox user, so she's not signed into Dropbox, or anything like that. It's showing us the Corporate Images folder with all the sub-folders within, and Jennifer can drill down to the Facility photos, drill down to London, and in London, there's a really nice gallery type of view of all of the London facility photos.
And then, we can click on an image, and go forward and back within the gallery. I can close that. You could use the Back button to crawl back up to the Corporate Images parent folder. Within the Video folder, we've got three videos. If I click on one of them, I can click on the Play button to play this video, I can pause it, etc. This is a nice alternative to using YouTube to share videos. I mean a lot of people use YouTube just to share videos with a small group of family and friends.
That's a lot of hassle to send them up to YouTube just to share with a small group like that. It's much easier just to toss your video clips right in Dropbox and share a link to that Dropbox folder. I'm going to close this window and go back to my desktop, and I want to add a folder to my Corporate Images folder. So, I've got this Personnel folder. I'm going to drag this right into my Corporate Images folder to add a fourth sub-folder. I'm going to let that sync with Dropbox. There, it's done. This Personnel folder has a dozen or so headshots of key personnel.
Now, if I go back to Jennifer's inbox and click on that same link, the link has not changed. The link to the Corporate Images folder is still the same. If I click on that link, now, it displays the four sub-folders. And I can drill down and see the personnel photos. So, what I really like about Dropbox Photo Sharing, is that it's just a link to a folder. So, if you share a link to a top level folder with co-workers or family or friends, you can then, at any time, go back to your Dropbox folder and drag things in and out of that folder, add photos, delete videos, add videos, whatever, dynamically.
And, as you do that, any time the people you're sharing it with go back to that top level link, they'll see all of the new, latest content. I'm going to show you one more thing about working with photos and videos in Dropbox. I'm going to go to my dropbox.com account. I'm going to click on this Photos category on the left. And this Photos view, on the Dropbox website, it is a chronological view of all of the photos that are in your Dropbox folder, wherever they are.
So, it's displaying them chronologically, instead of by sub-folder. So, you are seeing photos here that are not in my Corporate Images folder only. There's other photos. So, like these photos of Carpenteria here didn't show up in that previous view that Jennifer was looking at, because they weren't included in that folder. They were elsewhere in my Dropbox folder. So, this chronological view is nice because it shows you every image, anywhere in your Dropbox folder. And you can do a couple interesting things with this. For example, I can go through here and click on various photos.
And then, up here, click on this icon and tell it I want to add those images to an album. And I give the album a name. I'll call this "Miscellaneous Photos". And Dropbox creates an album over here on the left, and when I click on that, it shows me just those photos. Now, I can go back to photos, select some other images, and make another album. And I'll just call this "More Photos That I Like".
And now I've got two albums, each of which contains different photos, and it can just be a nice organizational device for my own use, or I can share these albums with others. It's a way to organize photos, without actually moving them into different folders. So, these six images might be scattered between three or four different folders in my Dropbox folder, but they're collected together into one album. There are many other photo sharing platforms available on the web. But if you have a Dropbox account, sharing photos and videos with others can be as easy as dropping them into a folder on your harddrive.
- Signing up for Dropbox
- Backing up your files
- Synchronizing files
- Sharing files and folders with anyone
- Sharing photos and videos
- Commenting in Dropbox
- Using the Dropbox mobile app
- Using Dropbox as a simple web server